Registry Explorer is a feature rich alternative to Registry Editor
For the Windows 10/11 operating system and for other applications that use the registry, the Windows registry is a hierarchical database that stores low-level settings for the kernel, device drivers, services, security account manager and user interfaces. In this article we present the Registry explorer which is an alternative to the built-in registry editor.
Registry Explorer is an alternative to the registry editor
Registry Explorer aims to modernize the registry editor with a handful of new features. The following is a complete list of Registry Explorer features listed on the project’s GitHub page.
- Show real register (not just standard)
- Sort list view by any column
- Key icons for hives, inaccessible keys and links
- Key details: last write time and number of keys / values
- Display extended values MUI and REG_EXPAND_SZ
- Full search (Find all / Ctrl + Shift + F)
- Improved hex editor for binary values
- Undo redo
- Copy / paste keys / values
How do I use Registry Explorer?
Registry Explorer is a portable application, which means that it does not require installation. Once you’ve downloaded the executable and launched the app, you’ll be presented with a view of all the registry hives, as you can see in the intro image above – users can expand to see their subkeys and their values just like you would in Windows Registry Editor.
When launched, Registry Explorer starts in Read-only mode that prevents you from making changes until the mode is turned off. Editing the registry incorrectly could potentially render your Windows system unusable. We therefore recommend that you always back up the registry or create a system restore point as a necessary precaution before attempting to make any changes to the registry.
In Registry Explorer, you can use the search function which is more advanced than the standard regedit to find and display all the search results in a single dialog box. To automatically open a registry key or value from the search results, simply double-click the entry.
Finally, if you prefer Registry Explorer, you can configure the app to automatically replace Windows Registry Editor as the default file manager for the .reg file – to do this click Options in the menu bar and select Replace RegEdit.exe from the context menu.
You can download and try Registry Explorer, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
How do I access the Windows registry?
There are approximately six ways to open Registry Editor on your Windows PC. For most PC users, the common method is to use the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R, then type regedit in the Run dialog box and press Enter on the keyboard or click the Okay button. You can also open multiple instances of Registry Editor if you want. And on a shared computer, to prevent other PC users from tampering, you might want to block access to Registry Editor.
What is the Windows registry for?
Essentially, the registry helps the Windows operating system manage the computer. The registry helps installed programs use computer resources and provides a location called Urticaria to store custom settings that you make both at the operating system level and at the program level – for example, when you install new software or make system changes, like changing the Windows desktop, the changes are stored in the registry. If at any point the registry gets corrupted, you can repair the registry.
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